The Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) has started construction of an artificial pond in Sector 53 that will serve as a stormwater collection pit and reduce waterlogging in sectors 27, 28 and 43.
The project was awaiting clearance from the forest department for the last three years.
“The pond will serve as a water harvesting structure or storage pit that will hold excess water accumulating in the area. The run-off water leads to waterlogging in areas adjacent to Golf Course Road and causes snarls and sanitation issues. Hence, the construction of an artificial pond was put forward as a precautionary measure,” a senior MCG official said.
MCG officials said the structure should ideally be constructed when there is enough moisture in the ground to allow binding and settling of stones. The officials conceded that the work was late and should have started two months ago when chances of soil erosion were low.
Now, with monsoon here, it could hamper the construction and delay the project.
The area comes under the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900, of forest areas. Thus, permission is required from the forest department before construction of any structure.
The forest department had earlier stopped the proposed construction work of the drain on the grounds that it was being done in violation of National Green Tribunal norms and without obtaining the necessary permission.
The forest department said permission was eventually given to construct the artificial pond to avoid waterlogging in the city provided that there is no ecological damage to the Wazirabad bundh and trees are not felled.
The decision to revive the project were taken during a meeting that was attended by officials of the MCG, district administration, forest department, discoms, and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) last month.
With a view to end waterlogging in the city, civic agencies are planning the construction of several structures.
These include the construction of a drain along NH-8 at Hero Honda Chowk to divert rainwater and expansion of Khandsa drain. Another artificial lake in Sector 72 will be built to keep water away from NH 8 and northern sectors.
Check dams will be built in higher regions — at Ghata and Aravallis. Also, an open drain for diverting water along the Southern Peripheral Road to the Yamuna is being planned, officials said.